Springfield, MO, USA

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Springfield, MO, USA

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Springfield – where Wild West meets Route 66

Perched up on its own plateau over the Ozark ridges, Springfield, Missouri, is a fusion of the Wild West and modern America. In its bustling, workaday downtown area, old cowboy saloons rub shoulders with banking institutions, dog walkers tread where Wild Bill Hickok once trod, and theater houses mingle with new artisan coffee joints. There's a distinct youthful vitality oozing from the microbrews and fairtrade eateries around MSU campus, too, while those with Springfield vacation rentals along Commercial Street can sip cold ones with the locals spinning tales of the old Route 66.

Finding Wild Bill and deep caves in Springfield

Tracing the history of Wild West heroes like Wild Bill amidst the door-slapping saloons and honkytonk bars of the downtown area has got to be one of the most immersive things to do in Springfield. Others will enjoy flitting between the classic 1950s playhouses of the center, or delving into the wealth of arthouse cinemas that pepper the streets of the boho districts. And then there's the chance to explore deep, dank cave systems carving through the Ozark plateau in Greene County – a fine excursion for the whole family.

Along Route 66 in Springfield

There are still some tattered signs heralding the legendary courses of Route 66 around Springfield. These have become something of a sacred site for old petrol heads who remember the days of Easy Rider and the reign of the Harley Davidson. Others will spend their days celebrating local quarterbacks and pitchers in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, or enjoying the café culture of Commercial Street. Meanwhile, others still will search for Springfield vacation rentals close to Lake Springfield, where boating days and hiking through the Ozark forests is the name of the game.

Spend summer in Springfield

The rugged Ozark bluffs that rise and fall all around Springfield mean that the town actually has one of the most unpredictable weather patterns in the whole United States. Consequently, most travelers will go in search of Springfield vacation rentals when there's the lowest risk of rain and snow – usually between the spring and late summer, from May to August. That's when you're most likely to catch long sunny days of bright weather, which are perfect for seeking out the cowboy honkytonks or strolling through the nearby canyons and forests.

Get up in the Ozarks in Springfield

Springfield sits perched on a flat break between the craggy peaks of the Ozark Mountains, which spread out to claim most of southern Missouri. Great swathes of carved canyons and babbling creeks, oak forests and beech woods roll away from the city on all sides, making the place a great choice for outdoorsy types. Long-distance hiking trails pierce into the sylvan valleys nearby, in the form of the Frisco Highline Trail and the Ozark Greenways, both of which offer the chance to adventure in the company of fox squirrels and bald eagles.